Class is on Wednesdays at 6pm. The workouts will be posted. Additional workouts will be posted on Monday & Friday.

Training focus: Functional Strength & Power

Our training focus, for the next month or so, will be practical, useful strength and power. We'll focus on three compound movements. We'll use the Power to the People Protocol as described by Pavel Tsatsouline. The basic protocol is:

Find your 1 rep max in a lift. All workouts are 2 sets of 5 reps per lift.

First workout:

Set 1: 60% of 1RM 5 reps.

Set 2: 90% of weight used for first set. 5 reps

Each additional workout: Add about 10lbs. (Perhaps 5 for the military press) Initial workouts will feel very light and unchallenging. Trust the process.

People, in my classes, who follow the protocol consistently experience significant strength gains within the 4-6 week focus. For newer people this may look like accomplishing their first unaided pullup or adding 50# to a deadlift. For the more experienced they tend to gain a total of 5% - 15% of strength in this short period of time.

The way we train builds muscle density but not muscle mass. You will not get bulky. This is lean strength.

If you are only following these workouts 1 or 2 times a week - I'd encourage you to do the same lifts but do 4 sets about about 5-6 reps. Pick a challenging but controllable weight.

Feel free to post questions if you don't know a workout or exercise. Or catch me in class.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

30-Dec-2009 Advanced Core

The goal of today's class will be to teach correct form for the kettle bell swing. This movement is a foundational movement for other KB work. Also, if you work it, you should have your diaphragm cramping in no time. So Goal 1) Form. Goal 2) internal muscle cramp.

10 minutes
Wall Squats (face the wall) 25
Halos 20# / 35# 10 l/r *
Pump Stretch 5 **

15 minutes
KB Swings (Go light) 30# /45# 25
Active recovery: light jog or stairs jog 200-300yards / stairs 6 x

5 minutes
Turkish Get Ups switch hands each rep. focus on form not reps

Planche pushups (1st pushup progression - hands close to hips) 10
Weighted pull up crunches 5


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